Join Cris Ippolite for an in-depth discussion in this video Touring the new My Apps window, part of Learning FileMaker 17.
- [Instructor] All of the products in the FileMaker 17 platform, including a new way to visually organize your file maker apps, called the My Apps window. This will allow you to instantly find what you're looking for. If you have FileMaker Pro Advanced open right now and you don't see the My Apps window, you can invoke in a couple of different ways. First of all, create new, or under My Apps, you can go to Show My Apps, or under Recents, show Recent, or Hosts, Show Hosts. You'll see that it all goes to the same window. I'm going to choose Show My Apps. And now we see the new My Apps window.
In this window, you'll see three different sections in the side bar. My Apps, Recents, and Create. Let's first take a look at the My Apps tab. You'll notice that we don't have any app icons available. That means that I don't have any favorites. So My Apps are kind of like favorites from previous versions if you're used to that. So how do I add something as a favorite? Well you can click on the My App, Add My App, and when you click on it, you'll see that you have an option to either browse for a file, or you can add one from a host. Let me show you how to add one as you browse.
Let's just pick a file from our desktop, and then now you see that the app icon is available to you there. Also, you can click on the add app, choose from host, pick a file maker server, and in this case we're connecting to a non secured server, that's why we're getting that message, and I see all the files that are available. In this case just the file maker server sample file. And I can select it and hit okay, and now we see that that has also been added. So you can see that your My Apps window, or your favorites, can be a combination of hosted files, or files that are on your machine somewhere.
This will make it easy for you to pick up where you left off on different projects that you're working on no matter whether they're hosted or local to you. Now keep in mind if you don't want to see these anymore, you can click on it to hit remove, and if you do hit remove, keep in mind you haven't removed the file, you've just removed the references to it in your My Apps window. Taking a look again at the option for from host, want to show you a couple things about this window here. First of all on the left hand side, you'll see all of the different servers that you have access to.
So I happen to be logged into the same network as the File Maker 17 server. So that's why it's showing up as local here. I can hide those if I want to as you can see. And notice if I click on it, I can see the Add Favorite, which would put it under the favorites. So if I have a bunch of different servers that I have access to here, I can just pick a couple, and then they'll show up in my favorites. Pretty simple there. And then you can search through multiple different hosts to find the one that you're looking for, and if you hit the plus sign, you can add a favorite host. Now this is a way to also do a search for a server that maybe you don't see on the list.
So here I would just type in the IP address or the domain name or the DNS. And then it will show up in my list in that case. So this is kind of a way to kind of prompt something to show up that's not already there. Then of course over in this section you can either look at them as the app icons or a list of app icons instead. Now let's take a look at recents. Recents of course are files that you've worked on recently. It'll show you the location where they're stored. And if you want to control how many files show up in recents, you can just go under preferences and right here under general, show recently opened files.
So if you choose to not show any, you won't have any show up on your list, but you can control whatever the number is. The default is set to ten. You can also add a recently opened file to your My Apps window by selecting add to My Apps, and you can even remove it from the recents list if you'd like to. In the last section of the My Apps window is the create button. This opens the create window. We're going to talk about starter apps in the upcoming movie but I wanted to show you on the top of the screen where you can click on the blank button on the upper left hand corner of this window to start a brand new file maker custom app form scratch so to speak.
Or you can click here and convert one of the supported file formats into a new custom app and begin creating from there. Now you'll notice that various apps have app icons. I wanted to take a moment to show you how you can control what the app icons look like for the apps that you're creating. FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced allows you to choose from more than 30 attractive icons. I'll show you where that is. So if I go into a file, I'm going to go over to the file menu, and you'll see that there's an option here called icon.
Now FileMaker Pro 17 Advanced ships with 30 of these attractive prebuilt icons to represent your solutions in the My App window, or you can even add your own personal touch with a custom icon that you can create yourself. Let me show you how to do that. If you hit custom, navigate to somewhere where you have a square PNG or SVG icon available, hit insert, and now you'll see that you'll have a custom icon and you can choose to scale to fit or scale to fill if you didn't get the square perfect. Now keep in mind that these icons will only show up in your My Apps windows.
Of course on FileMaker Pro Advanced on the desktop, on FileMaker Go for any IOS device, and even on FileMaker web direct on any browser and that includes mobile browsers, but it won't affect the icon as it shows up on your desktop for example. But in all the ways that you can access it in My Apps, you'll see your custom icon. So with the new My Apps window, you can easily navigate to any of your favorite apps, you can start to create new apps, and you can organize everything that you've been working on recently, in one convenient location.
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